Ben Klock, Lilly Palmer, Stella Bossi, Fatima Hajji and others all graced the decks in what was an incredible first edition

Switzerland has long had a solid electronic music scene but what it lacked was a festival. Until now. Verve Festival made is debut across a fine weekend in may with a couple of pre-parties then therein event at Lucerne’s Allmend/Messe 1 arena.

The darkened space was brought to life with stunning lights and lasers that very much made for a future vibe. Two stages had killer sound systems and even an outdoor area was super cool and a place to chill, chat music and catch up with friends old and new.

But inside is where the magic happened. We had our minds blown many times, not least by Stella Bossi who went weird and wonderful on Saturday on the main stage . Fatima Hajji did not disappoint either and Oostil & The Element played back to back in electric fashion. They really revved up the crowd who went hard with them. Saturday was closed down in magnificent fashion by Joris Voorn who layered up the techno to melodic and meditative effect. Sunday saw Lilly Palmer and Oliver Huntemann blow off the roof with their own vivid and vibrant sounds and Ben Klock lived up to expectation with a killer set of techno funk for the ages.

The rest of the line up read like a who’s who of techno with Dubfire, Ae:ther, Ben Klock, Innellea, Animal Trainer, Denis Horvat, Konstantin Sibold, Miss Monique, Pig&Dan, SHDW & Obscure Shape and plenty of others all serving up their own stylish sounds. It truly was a standout debut for Verve which brought something new and essential to the region.